May 1, 2018 Subject:
but well played, Highlights: Louie Louie
April 15, 2018 Subject:
Very over looked Chicago show.
This show for me for many reasons was one of my favorite shows. Its got to make my top ten (1982-1995). The scarlet fire opener blew my mind. I never would have ecpected it. The rest of first set is real nice minus the louie Louie catastrophy. The second set was fucking perfect! Period. Previously, in 2010, i was so exceted to find a good copy if this show i overstated how SICK this show was. A person appropriately named Teabag69, rudely and dismisively scoffed at me and then tried to “pull rank”. Then i searched archive and everywhere teabag69 went, so did his shitty, childish, toxic, abusive, better than you, attitude. Teabag69, you were a troll before that was an internet thing. Still one of my favorite shows, Teabag69.
November 9, 2015 Subject:
in response:gordonhensley,teabag69, etc
The other one is GOOD for the period(not for the ages). I generally dont like when the intro to The other one is quiet, not crashing,etc but this version with the effects and etc is cool and then it picks up pace and Jerry plays well plus they continue after the final(2nd) verse with GOOD, hard play. Always or usually cool when they continue after the 2nd verse. The exceptions being when they continue it but to no effect, ie some mellow playing or uninspired 'noodling.'
an example of Other ones that open in the 'mellow mode' is I think New years 12/31/87 if my memory is correct. I remember being disappointed with that one and genrally didnt like most of those as I mentioned earlier
As far as best show ever in Chicago, REALLY???? as someone else replied compared to the aud theatre and the MANY Uptown shows from 78(!!) thru 81. I know they did 2 series of runs at the uptown in 78, beginning of the year and end. Id have to look up 79 but they played there at least for one run in 79. Bottom line that place was GREAT the band and Jerry liked that venue. Jerry did an interview where he commented on it when he learned in the interview that it had closed in late 81 or early 82. aud theatre is beautiful and relatively big, 5000 for a theatre like Radio city. the Uptown was smaller 3000 -3500 id have to look it up. The theatre is still there, Marquis and all there;s another old vaudeville/ movie 'palace' 2 blocks away as well. I forget the name, the DEAD never played there though. Im a fan of old vaudiville/ Movie palaces. anyway I digress, the Uptown had some awesome shows, 1st Mississippi Franklins, the show with the playin-comes a time-playin. the final run there in 81. as I mentioned the Uptown is still there and there's a local, neighborhood group trying to raise funds to restore and reopen the theatre.
January 23, 2015 Subject:
The Other One
really enjoyed this show, and the other one is one for the ages
April 15, 2014 Subject:
Great show from the spring run; @dcreader: Jerry's voice took on that humbled, fragile, world-weariness after his coma in '86, defining itself in '87 and remaining that way until the end. I think it sounds beautiful, myself (as long as he remembered the words!). Certainly it sounded legions better than that '84-'85 Nashville Skyline-as-Kermit-the-Frog-phase. This was a great night for Jerry vocally - he gives it his all on every track he sings, plus some great backup for "Memphis Blues" and such.
Set 1 - S>F to open has been talked about ad infinitum, so let me say a word for Candyman and Deal - it's clear Jerry just **owns** this first set (all that "Louie Louie" nonsense aside...)
Set 2 - Looks Like Rain. Just listen to Jerry during the refrain - I think Bobby's tune here is often overlooked as to how the band makes it come together so powerfully instead of it being a forgettable, corny love ballad - the more I hear them play this one through the years, the more I like it.
Post-space: the Other One is absolutely on fire, and Jer doesn't get a chance to sing a ballad in the set, but give it up for that encore.
As others have said, lots of great shows abound in spring '88; this is a little diamond to bookmark if you're into this era. To compare '88, or even spring '88, to the 70s and 60s is utterly pointless. The band had different goals for shows they engaged themselves fully on as the years went by; the question is: does THIS show meet reasonable expectations for what they were doing at this time? Hell yes it does!
April 13, 2014 Subject:
The final night of my Rosemont Run
Wow, What a show, what a tour! I 'floored it' all 3 nights. Superb! Box this run up with a few others, would make a nice Spring box!
April 15, 2013 Subject:
3rd night in the lot
Scarlet-Fire to open the show - about had a heart attack. What can I say - 1988 spring tour was epic. 5 stars for the location, the crowd, and the top-notch playing. We would soon see Midi take over the band, Brent pass on, and then Jerry's decline in the 1990s. This is a really strong period for the boys and I'm glad to have seen them live!
August 30, 2012 Subject:
Best show ever?
No I wouldn't say best ever. However in the 78 shows I saw this one was certainly a highlight for me.
The whole second set was charged with energy, and even though Jerry was not at his peak of health he put on a very determined and energetic performance. The drumz/Space segment was inspired. So go easy on the previous users comments maybe they haven't seen as many shows as you or I and their memories reflect this as "the one"
April 15, 2012 Subject:
Thank God for Charlie Miller, and a BIG thanks to the GD for opening up the entire free live music scene. We wouldn't have all of the great stuff that we all listen to if it weren't for them.
March 12, 2011 Subject:
Are you kidding me?
I had fun at this show - my only b'day show in well over 100 shows - but come on, it was 1988. Best show in Chicago ever? That is laughable. Did you ever see a show live? And did you ever see any before In the Dark came out? Doesn't sound like it.
Uptown Theater people - end of story. '79-'81. And those were not only the best shows in Chicago but among the best in general from that era. I was at Poplar Creek '83 and that is close enough and those blew this show away. And let's not forget the Auditorium Theater shows in '76 and '77 - fantastic shows all. One of a handful of Mission int the Rains at the Aud.? Or Walkin Blues and Bucket at Rosemont? Please. That is the epitome of a no-brainer.
That all said - for '88 and short Scarlet>Fire jams and Dylan covers, this is a decent show. Just trying to keep some perspective here so people can really experience some killer live Dead from Chicago.
February 24, 2011 Subject:
I love this show
I really love this show. The drums->space is great, and I love the vocal effects they use as they go into Other One. The whole flow of the second set is sweet, the Dear Mr. Fantasy just screams-- I love Mydlan'ds vocals, this was the first time I really sat up and paid attention to what he was doing. After reading @dcreader's comment, the Heaven's Door made me kind of sad-- You can really hear the years in Jerry's voice.
October 20, 2010 Subject:
...I'm a n00b who's only heard '70s Dead, so is that Jerry Garcia singing the lead on "Scarlet"? If so--and I know this would be after his illness/addiction--he sounds like the ruins of his previous self.
Please confirm and comment. Thanks.
April 15, 2010 Subject:
opening 1st set alone
this show was definately history in the making I don't know if the dead ever opened up with scarlet and fire before but this state of the art perfomance was something bordering on outerspace. not sure when we took off and I'm sure we never landed.